Beginner’s Guide: Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent fasting has boomed in popularity over the past few years and has become all the rage in the health and fitness world. So it’s only fitting (pun intended) that we put it on your radar. People claim it helps them lose weight, improve their overall health, and get back the energy they’ve been searching for all these years.
The best part is there’s actually tons of research that seems to support the theory. Sounds great, right? But knowing where to start can be overwhelming. We’ve put together the ultimate beginner’s guide to intermittent fasting so you can get one step closer to improving your overall health.
What Is Intermittent Fasting?
So, before we get into anything else about intermittent fasting, we have to know what on earth intermittent fasting even is. Let’s break it down. The word intermittent can basically be chalked up to mean at intervals.
Meanwhile, the word fasting is typically associated with a time in which you’re not eating. Put simply and together, intermittent fasting can best be summed up as a cycle of eating and fasting in intervals. Simple right?
Intermittent fasting isn’t a one-size-fits-all form of fasting though. There are different methods used, ranging from fasting for a certain amount of time a day or restricting your calories on specific days. It’s up to you which one you choose.
The Pros Of Intermittent Fasting
- Helps you lose weight – The first, and probably the most popular benefit of intermittent fasting, is that it can help you lose weight. Especially stubborn stomach fat. It makes perfect sense. As long as you eat like normal during your non-fasting hours and don’t try to catch up on the calories lost during fasting, you’ll be consuming fewer calories overall. The caloric deficit provided by intermittent fasting will have you hitting those weight loss goals.
- Lowers diabetes risk – Intermittent fasting can reduce insulin resistance and lower blood sugar levels in men, ultimately helping to lower the risk of type two diabetes.
Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist Diana Gariglio-Clelland explains:
“One of the biggest benefits of fasting for prolonged periods of time is that it helps reduce insulin resistance, which is the primary cause of type 2 diabetes, as well as prediabetes. When your body becomes resistant to insulin, the pancreas will pump out even more insulin to try to compensate. Insulin is a fat storage hormone, so higher levels of insulin can thwart weight loss efforts and even cause weight gain. If left untreated, insulin resistance can progress to type 2 diabetes within several years.”
- Can reduce signs of aging – Combining intermittent fasting with a thorough skincare routine can reduce the signs of aging. Studies have shown intermittent fasting helps the body fight oxidative stress, which can press fast forward and advance aging.
- Can improve heart health – Diana Gariglio-Clelland explains: “Some studies have found that intermittent fasting may help improve cardiovascular outcomes through improved cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar. Heart disease is the leading cause of death among men and women in the United States, so intermittent fasting may be one of many ways to reduce your risk.”
- Good for the mind – With the reduction of oxidative stress, inflammation, blood sugar levels, and insulin resistance, intermittent fasting presents many benefits to that noggin of yours.
- Helps eliminate late-night snacking – Diana Gariglio-Clelland explains: “Having a cut-off time for your “eating window” can help provide some much-needed structure when trying to break the habit of emotional and late-night eating. For example, if you usually end up snacking after dinner, consider setting your eating window from 10 AM to 6 PM so your fast begins after dinner for a 16/8 style fast. (16 hour fast, 8 hour eating window.)”
The Cons Of Intermittent Fasting
- It’s difficult – Intermittent fasting is hard. Capital letters HARD. It’s difficult not to listen to those late-night cravings just begging for a trip (or trips. Who are we kidding?) to the fridge. Intermittent fasting dieters have been found to have a high dropout rate of 38%. But this doesn’t have to be you. We totally believe in you.
- Can be dangerous – It can be dangerous for people experiencing certain conditions, including diabetes. Talk to your doctor to make sure it is safe for you to attempt.
Diana Gariglio-Clelland says:
“Intermittent fasting probably isn’t a good option for people on an insulin regime, especially those taking multiple doses of insulin each day. Fasting while taking insulin can lead to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), which can be dangerous.”
- Can trigger an eating disorder – Any kind of diet or form of weight loss in which rules are being implemented can trigger an eating disorder, even in people you wouldn’t expect it to. Make sure to take care of your mental health if you do decide to pursue this method of weight loss.
- Hard to adjust to – It might make you feel sick as you begin to adjust your eating habits. Skipping meals can cause headaches, dizziness, and nausea.
- Not very flexible – Diana Gariglio-Clelland explains:
“Intermittent fasting isn’t very flexible when it comes to the inevitable changes in your schedule, such as traveling, celebrations or illness. If you decide to try intermittent fasting, expect to have days where you don’t follow your regular routine, which is okay – you can always get back in the swing of things again.”
- You might get hangry – You’ve been warned.
Is Intermittent Fasting Good for Running?
We asked Certified Personal Trainer and Health Coach Hannah Daugherty about whether or not runners should consider intermittent fasting to improve their performance. Here’s what she said:
“While research has shown that intermittent fasting can aid in weight loss, it can hinder performance in some athletes, especially those that are training to run long distances. The decrease in caloric intake may have some runners finding that they are losing precious muscle mass, and long periods of intermittent fasting might lead to a cortisol increase within the body – and effectively having your body hold onto weight as well as decreasing training performance.”
How It Works
Most people are more than likely eating three meals throughout their day, sometimes throwing a snack or two in between. If you don’t know the basics about sugars and our energy levels, listen up. Our bodies break the carbohydrates we consume down into sugars that the cells in our body use as energy to keep us going throughout the day.
Whatever sugars our cells don’t end up using are stored in our fat cells. The more we eat, the more carbs our bodies have to turn into sugars which then get turned into energy.
If you aren’t using up that energy, your body stores it away into your fat cells. When we’re not eating, our insulin levels lower, allowing our fat cells to release their stored sugars to use as energy, ultimately helping us burn fat.
Three Different Types Of Intermittent Fasting
- 5:2 – The twice-a-week-method: This form of intermittent fasting includes choosing two days out of your week to eat no more than 500 calories throughout the whole day. The rest of the week, you eat as you normally would, as long as it is moderately healthy. Typically, when planning these two days of intermittent fasting, you should ensure they don’t fall one after the other. While there are no restrictions or rules on which types of foods to eat with this method, eating foods that are higher in volume and fiber will help keep you full on your 500 calorie days, preventing you from hitting hunger level hangry. Recommended foods for those fasting days include whole grains, veggies, fruits, legumes, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Try to stick to drinking water to avoid extra calories on your fasting days so you can be sure to stay within the 500 calorie limit. On non-fasting days, there’s absolutely no limit to worry about so you can have that cold beer or whatever else that heart of yours desires.
- Alternating Days of Fasting: This form of intermittent fasting involves alternating days between consuming the normal amount of food you typically eat and days of restricting your calories. Alternate days of fasting can help people lose around 10 to 15 pounds in three months, faster than the more traditional forms of intermittent fasting. But people who try this method of weight loss can find it difficult to maintain. Attempting to hop on this diet may leave you on the struggle bus for a bit, but after around 10 days, people tend to begin feeling energetic. Even on fasting days. So hang in there with this one.
- Time-Restricted Eating: This method of intermittent fasting is more than likely the one you’ve heard about. Time-restricted eating is all about setting your eating windows between an allotted time period throughout your days. There are two very common ways to approach this. The first is the 16/8 method where you fast for 16 hours then squeeze your meals into an eight-hour eating window. The second is the 14/10 method in which you fast 14 hours and eat for 10 hours. The time-restricted eating method of intermittent fasting is probably the simplest to follow because you kind of get to cheat on it. Most people don’t tend to eat while they sleep, right? You’re probably sleeping about six to nine hours a night. If this is the case, you only have a few hours of awake time before you can devour the delicious foods you’ve been dreaming of.
There are more extreme forms of intermittent fasting, but these are the three most basic methods for beginners to trial. But don’t underestimate them. The results are just as good without working twice as hard. We’re a fan of shortcuts.
Tips For Intermittent Fasting
There are many different ways you can choose to go about intermittent fasting. You can try the 5:2 method, the alternate days of fasting method, or the time-restricted eating method.
The method you choose depends entirely on your schedule you have to fit your times to eat in. Here are a few tips to help you out along the way:
- During mealtimes, eat mindfully. After you have just finished a fast, you may find yourself wanting to slam down a triple meat cheeseburger, extra-large fries, and strawberry milkshake. This will only prove to be counterproductive. Pick your meals wisely, still pursuing mostly balanced and healthy meals that your body is craving. As you’re eating, slow down and savor it. Listen to your body’s fullness cues to avoid overeating and wasting your newfound energy by laying on the couch in a food coma.
- Experiment with the times you are going to eat. Just because one person says they only eat from 11 am to 7 pm doesn’t mean that’ll work for you. Everybody has different lifestyles. The times you go to work, exercise, and are at home will all affect which time period is best for you so be flexible and in finding the best times to break your fast.
- If you do choose to have fasting days, make your calories count. Eat foods that will keep you full longer. Foods that keep you full longer tend to be at least one of three things: high-volume, high fiber, or high fat.
- According to Health Coach Hannah Daugherty, “once the period of intermittent fasting is complete, it is best to refuel the body with high quality proteins and complex carbs; think items such as whole grains, lean meats, beans, fruits and vegetables, chickpeas, etc.)”
Intermittent fasting can be extremely helpful for some people to hit those health goals that have seemed impossible up until now. It isn’t for everyone though. If you do decide this is a trend you want to try, reach out to your doctor to see if it’s right for your body and your lifestyle.
When given the go-ahead, go put the fun in fasting! If we can still eat greasy goodness midweek, we’re all for it.
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The 9 Most Unique Pocket Knives on the Market
Finding a great pocket knife is like looking for a needle in a stack of other needles. It’s seemingly impossible. Sure, there are a lot of folding knives out there, and plenty of them are well-made and of perfectly adequate quality. But at the end of the day, most of the knives on the market just look like… knives. There’s nothing special about them. They have no personality.
But some knives are different. If you can wade through all the average, uninspiring knives on the market, you’ll find some that are beautifully crafted, uniquely designed, and truly exceptional.
Luckily for you, we’ve gone through the trouble of doing all the searching for you. What we’ve found are some of the most unique pocket knives available today.
1. My Deejo Creation
The ability to essentially design your own knife from the ground up makes My Deejo Creation quite possibly the most unique knife on the market. Every knife carrier’s needs and preferences are different, which makes this a perfect option for those who know exactly what they want. It’s also a perfect option if you don’t know what you want because you have a lot of options to browse through.
With My Deejo Creation, everything from the size and weight of the knife to the blade finish and handle material is up to you. Choose between a mirror, black titanium finish, along with numerous blade tattoo designs (or none at all).
Handle options include coralwood, ebony, composite and gold plating. Sizes range from a dainty 0.53oz (2.75” closed) to a more substantial 1.3 oz (4.3” closed).
2. Gerber Flatiron
The emergence of “pocket cleavers” as a style of pocket knives has been an interesting trend to watch in recent years. The Gerber Flatiron is one of the leaders in this unique knife subgenre. Boasting a stout, squared-off 3.6 inch stainless steel blade that folds neatly into a black machined aluminum handle, it’s a knife with a bold design and workmanlike functionality.
The Gerber Flatiron is not lightweight by any means. It tips the scales at almost 7 oz and measures 8.5” open. It rests comfortably in one’s palm and excels at heavy-duty cutting and slicing tasks like breaking down boxes and preparing meat for the grill. The blade has a handsome satin finish, and the overall design is an excellent melding of form and function.
3. Opinel No.8
Opinel’s folding pocket knives are about as basic as it gets. But these iconic knives are so perfect in their simplicity that their design hasn’t changed since the 1890s. There’s still no other knife quite like it. Opinel knives are also lightweight, budget-friendly, and sport well-honed blades made of super-hard carbon steel.
The Opinel No.8 is the most popular versatile model, but Opinel makes these knives in sizes ranging from No.6 up to No.12. The numbers roughly correspond to the length of the opened knife in inches – the No.8 measures 7.59” from point to pommel, and has a 3.28” blade – making it easy to choose the right knife for your needs. One thing to be aware of is that the hard steel blades are brittle and prone to breaking if you use them for prying or twisting.
4. Deejo Tattoo 37G
When it comes to choice, it’s hard to go past Deejo and their huge selection of knives. The French brand has been crafting a wide array of functional, customizable, and high-quality knives for over a decade for customers around the world.
There are several things that make Deejo’s Tattoo line of knives stand out. First and foremost is the custom “tattoo” design, which allows you to carry a knife that feels like an extension of your personality.
Deejo offers dozens of designs that can be laser-engraved onto the blade, which makes these knives as unique as the individuals who carry them. Deejo even offers a “Tattoo Your Deejo” kit if you prefer to engrave your own design onto the blade.
The Deejo Tattoo 37G is also a well-crafted and beautifully designed knife through and through. It weighs an ultralight 37 grams (about 1.3 oz) so it won’t weigh down your pocket or your pack. The blade is made of durable 420 stainless steel and comes razor-sharp right out of the box. It’s a trusty travel companion with a uniquely personal connection.
5. Boker Plus Subcom Knife
Boker makes some of the more interesting and eye-catching knives on the market, and the Boker Plus Subcom is one of the more intriguing additions to their lineup. While its small, stout profile might not be for everyone, it’s a good everyday carry folder that comes in handy when you need it.
The Boker Plus Subcom Knife is super lightweight at just 2.5 oz and its diminutive 1.8” partially-serrated clip point blade is sturdy and sharp, folding into a 2.6” handle with a black textured grip. It’s small enough to slip into your pocket, and you might forget it’s even there until you need it. The blade is made of strong AUS-8 stainless steel and comes razor sharp right out of the box.
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6. Albatross Damascus Folding Knife
With its unique hand-forged blade, the Albatross Damascus Folding Knife is sure to turn some heads. The blade measures 2.6” and the knife opens to a length of 6” with a handle design that rests comfortably in hand. The knife also has a handy belt clip, and the linear locking function makes it safe to use and carry.
Rugged and dependable, the Albatross is popular among hunters, anglers, campers, and outdoorsmen of all kinds. The yellow sandalwood handle and striking Damascus blade with its unique curvature make this knife easy on the eyes too. One minor complaint is that the steel dulls easily, but it’s also quick and easy to sharpen.
7. SOG Cash Card
An interesting twist for EDC enthusiasts, the SOG Cash Card is essentially a knife and wallet all in one. Made of satin polished stainless steel, the knife handle boasts an oversized money clip just the right size for your cash and cards.
It’s a unique design that’s great for anybody looking to pare their pocket contents down to the bare essentials. Of course, none of this would matter if the knife itself wasn’t functional, but the SOG Cash Card has a sharp 2.75” drop-point blade, and the overall design is slim and practical.
It feels comfortable in one’s pocket and comes in handy for any of the countless situations in which a small blade might be needed. One small issue that some users have noted is that the clip is a little too tight for more than a few bills.
8. Petzl Spatha Knife
Made with mountaineers and alpine hikers in mind, the Petzl Spatha Knife is an innovative pocket folder that’s right at home in extreme outdoor situations. The hole in the knife allows it to be clipped to your pack or harness using a carabiner, and the textured wheel around it provides an easy one-handed opening, even when wearing gloves. The 4” blade is partly serrated for cutting ropes and cordage.
It weighs a lightweight 1.5 oz, which is a nice perk for backpackers and climbers who obsess over pack weight. Plus, the Petzl Spatha Knife is available in high visibility colors like bright yellow, making it nearly impossible to lose it in the wild. The stainless steel blade is extremely durable but may need frequent resharpening.
9. Higo No Kami 10 Pocket Knife
This beautiful, hand-forged Japanese pocket knife looks like it comes from another time. And in a way, it does. The knife harkens back to a traditional design created by a blacksmith in Japan during the 19th century, which included an innovative lever to aid in opening and closing the knife.
But with its 3” Wharncliffe blade and handsome brass handle, the Higo No Kami 10 Pocket Knife is much more than just a novelty throwback. It’s a versatile and functional pocket knife that’s perfect for everything from gardening to filleting fish.
Its carbon steel blade is easily honed to a keen edge, but be aware that this is a knife that requires some care. It will rust and corrode if you allow it to do so.
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The 10 Best Sunglasses for Men This Summer
Do you spend time outdoors or like to cruise down the highway on your motorcycle? If so, one of your biggest pet peeves is likely the sunlight hitting your eyes. Wayward sunlight can be a nuisance, but some tools combat this natural daily occurrence.
We’ve discovered that numerous reputable sunglass companies design and manufacture fashionable eyewear. Contrary to popular belief, sunglasses don’t only keep your eyes protected from the sun. If you choose the right pair, you can make quite the fashion statement.
However, if you select the wrong pair for your face shape or if the style doesn’t entirely match your look or vibe, you could end up looking awkward and unfashionable. With the hundreds of different brands, colors, styles, and shapes, it can be challenging to find the perfect sunglasses.
That’s why narrowing down your search can be hugely beneficial to finding the perfect pair for you. With that said, we’ve found a few different sunglasses by various brands we believe will suit almost anyone. The sunglasses we will speak of have unique features which will help you quickly and easily find the ones meant for you.
1. Ray-Ban Aviator Classic Sunglasses
Since 1936 Ray-Ban has been designing and manufacturing high-end luxury sunglasses. One of their most popular sunglass fashion lines is their classically styled vintage Aviator sunglasses.
The Ray-Ban Aviator Classic Sunglasses is an ideal pair for those looking for a distinguished look. This pair of sunglasses is incredibly versatile because they come in seven unique color combinations.
This pair has lenses that measure 2.28 inches with a lens height of 1.97 inches. Additionally, the bridge width is 0.55 inches and the temple length is 5.31 inches. These measurements ensure a comfortable fit on your face.
However, one of the most notable and attractive features that this pair possesses is the option to have the Ray-Ban 3025’s made into prescription glasses. You can have these sunglasses made into glasses suitable for near and far-distance reading for an extra fee, and you can make them bifocals.
The gold frames and gunmetal green-tinted lenses on the Ray-Ban Aviator 3025’s are attractive to consumers as they offer a military appeal. If you want a pear-shaped frame, you’re in luck, as this pair is specifically designed to provide a quirky take on the classic aviator style. Additionally, the double bridged frame is durable and has a sleek look without it being flimsy.
2. Tom Ford Polarized Square Sunglasses
Tom Ford is easily one of the greatest and most recognizable name brands in the world. This company is well known for its incredible attention to detail and supremely made fashionable lenses and frames. If you buy the Tom Ford Polarized Arnaud Square Sunglasses, you’ll have a pair that is specifically designed to the specifications of an authentic 21st century luxury brand.
These polarized sunglasses have the signature T-bar inlays that give the pair a genuinely retro vibe. The frames are dark black with silver detailing and the color of the tint is smoke. Additionally, the lens width is 2.08 inches, the temple length is 5.7 inches, and the bridge width is 0.8 inches.
One of the most significant features that the Tom Ford Polarized Arnaud Square sunglasses are equipped with is the excellent protection against glare. They offer 100% UV protection because of a special coating. Unlike other brands, this protective coating doesn’t blur your vision but provides you with superior clarity.
3. Knockaround Fort Knocks Sunglasses
If you want a decent pair of sunglasses that are value for money, you may want to have a look at the classically designed, form-fitting Knockaround Fort Knocks sunglasses. You’ll find these sunglasses to be incredibly well priced. Arguably they are also almost certainly one of the most durably designed injection molded sunglasses on the market.
Unlike other sunglasses, the Knockaround Fort Knocks sunglasses are produced in multiple hues that are brightly colored with many lens and frame options that will let you match your shades to your personality.
Additionally, each pair is specifically manufactured to be unisex, and there is even the option to completely customize your design and lens color. These sunglasses will also suit larger face shapes because of their timeless design that includes logo detailing on each arm.
We mentioned before that these frames are incredibly tough, and there are two features, in particular, that back up this statement. The Knockaround Fort Knocks Sunglasses are made with impact-resistant lenses and have a specially formulated lens finish that provides UV400 protection.
4. Oakley Holbrook Sunglasses
Sunglass style has come a long way in recent years, with more sunglasses becoming an increasingly popular fashion accessory for many different occasions. One of the best types of sunglasses to rock if you’re a sportsman who spends hours outdoors at a time is the Oakley Holbrook 009102’s.
The Oakley Holbrook 009102 sunglasses have a lightweight and durable design, which is ideal for those who are participating in activities while wearing them. Although the frames have a sporty look, they feature stylish full-rimmed frames with a lens width of 2.17 inches, a lens height of 0.71 inches, a bridge width of 0.71 inches, and a temple length of 5.39 inches.
Uniquely the Oakley Holbrook 009102 sunglasses have a futuristic design characterized by their solid black frames and blue anti-glare tinted lenses. If you want to be noticed while participating in an outdoor activity, these sunglasses will definitely draw the eye of those within your vicinity. If blue lenses aren’t to your liking, you will be pleased to learn that you can also choose between more than five other colors.
5. Warby Parker Fletcher Sunglasses
Some people prefer their sunglasses to have a modern look with clean lines that draws inspiration from 80s fashion culture. If you enjoy this style, you may want to look at the hand-polished cellulose acetate Warby Parker Fletcher sunglasses.
Warby Parker is known for its quality eyewear. The Fletcher sunglasses have an uber sleek design and come in three different color choices. These sunglasses are incredibly versatile as they also come in three different frame sizes. You can choose between medium, wide, and extra-wide, so you likely won’t have any issue finding the perfect frame for your face.
Some of the most mention-worthy features these stylish sunglasses are equipped with include akulon-coated screws that increase durability, scratch-resistant lenses that block 100% of UV rays, and the non-prescription lenses option is made from CR-39 for maximum clarity.
Additionally, if you opt to have prescription lenses with your Warby Parker Fletcher sunglasses, you can fit progressive or reader lenses. These prescription lenses are made from polycarbonate, which is the most impact-resistant material for sunglasses. In fact, the brand is so confident in the lens’s durability, they offer an exclusive 12 month no-scratch lens guarantee.
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6. Sunski Seacliff Sunglasses
Sometimes, there is no avoiding regular wear and tear, and it can become costly to continuously replace your sunglasses every summer. With the Sunski Seacliff polarized sunglasses, you won’t have this worry.
When you own a pair of Sunski Seacliff sunglasses, you’ll be covered by the brand’s industry-leading forever warranty. This warranty will cover your glasses forever, whereby if you break them under regular use, the brand will replace or fix them for you, which is incredibly convenient.
However, it’s unlikely you’ll need to utilize this warranty as the Seacliff sunglasses by Sunski have passed the FDA basic impact test and offer UV400 protection. Those who are environmentally conscious will likely love that the Sunski Seacliff sunglasses are made from superlight recycled frames.
Additionally, you will have the choice of two different frame sizes and can opt to purchase them in either a small or medium. Depending on your face shape, these could provide the perfect fit. Another vital aspect to consider is sunglass lenses. With the Sunski Seacliff sunglasses, you will have highly fashionable, non mirrored grey tinted lenses.
Moreover, these frames are not only environmentally friendly but also provide an all-day comfortable fit. The modern rectangular design and neutral color choices guarantee they will match any outfit you put together.
7. Le Specs Oh Boy Gradient Round Sunglasses
The circular sunglasses design is likely to never go out of fashion with celebrities, musicians, and artists still opting to wear this classic vintage style. The Le Specs Oh Buoy gradient round sunglasses offer a fresh take by adding a touch of glamour to their indulgent circular frame.
Le Specs Oh Buoy sunglasses are comfortable to wear despite their shape. They have a lens width of 2.04 inches, a bridge width of 0.74 inches, and a temple length of 1.57 inches. Additionally, they are unisex and compatible with most face shapes.
These sunglasses are suitable for everyday use because they are stylish and because they are designed with materials that ensure they are durable. The lenses have a gradient tint, are shatterproof, scratch-resistant, and provide 100% UV protection. Additionally, the black frames offer a seamless design and are made with robust Tritan plastic.
8. Oliver Peoples Circular Sunglasses
If you want a pair of luxury sunglasses manufactured explicitly in Italy, you may like the Oliver Peoples Circular sunglasses. With sunglasses like these, you’ll exude elegance because of their olive green lenses and transparent frames, which is not often seen in sunglass designs.
The Oliver People Circular Italian luxury sunglasses frames are suited to smaller face shapes because of their measurements. The lenses have a diameter of 1.9 inches, a bridge length of 0.9 inches, and an arm length of 5.7 inches.
Rectangular frames are often overrated, especially for smaller face shapes. That’s why if you like your sunglasses to be smaller in size or if you want to change up your look, you should consider these circular framed sunglasses by Oliver Peoples.
If you’re not entirely won over yet, you might be after learning that they have a 100% acetate composition. This makes them durable without taking away from their uber elegant appearance.
9. Mykita Boost Square Sunglasses
Square sunglasses give a very no-nonsense vibe that manages to be both captivating and intimidating. The Mykita Boost square sunglasses are perfect for those wanting to show off their fashion savvy mindset. These spectacular sunglasses are uniquely designed with bar cutouts on the sides to draw attention to your eyes and keep the spotlight on you.
The frames on the Mykita Boost square sunglasses are solid black and feature straight arms with curved tips. Additionally, the lenses are also tinted black and durable. Square frames are incredibly flattering, and the Mykita Boost, in particular, works well for those who love an oversized look.
You will notice that the lens diameter is an impressive 2.12 inches, with an arm length of 5.5 inches and a bridge width of 0.72 inches. Moreover, as an added benefit, when you’re not using your sunglasses, you can easily store them in a protective case that comes with the product when you purchase it.
10. Persol Steve McQueen Aviator Sunglasses
Should you like the aviator sunglasses design but also want to express your quirkiness and creative style, the Steve McQueen Aviator sunglasses by the brand Persol may be ideal. With these leopard-framed sunglasses, you could be the talk of the town.
However, if leopard print isn’t quite to your tastes, you can choose a different frame theme as there are luckily more than five to choose between. These Steve McQueen aviator sunglasses are produced with a lens diameter of 2.12 inches, a bridge of 0.82 inches, and an arm’s length of 5.51 inches. With these measurements, the sunglasses will provide a snug fit for most, and they are unlikely to fall off your face which is always a bonus.
Notably, the Steve McQueen aviators have a durable acetate plastic frame composition and bright blue polarized glass lenses coated with a specially formulated UV coating. Not only will this coating protect your eyesight, but it will also ensure your sunglasses stand the test of time.
There are many types of sunglass styles that suit different face shapes. Below are a few of the most popularly bought sunglass designs. We have also given a brief description of each so that you can properly decide which style would best suit you.
- Aviator or pilot design: This simple style is characterized by a teardrop lens design and usually has a distinctive metal frame. Interestingly they became popular because real-life aviators and pilots were wearing them.
- Cat-eye: Nowadays, the cat-eye sunglasses shape isn’t only suited to women. Many brands manufacture unique cat-eye frames for men. Cat-eye frames are distinctive because of their feline appearance.
- Butterfly: Sunglasses with the butterfly lens shape are often large and oversized. Butterfly lenses cover most of one’s face, which provides ample coverage against the sun.
- Rectangular: It may sound like an odd lens shape, but it is still one of the most popular. The rectangular shape of the lenses characterizes rectangular sunglasses. These sunglasses are also usually thicker and broader near the lens area.
- Round: If you want to make a fashion statement, you should consider round sunglasses. Round sunglasses have circular lenses that often only cover around the area of the eye. If you have a smaller face, it can highlight a narrow jawline.
- Wayfarer: Classified by a thick frame and trapezoidal lens shape, wayfarer sunglasses have long been a timeless go-to look. This style of sunglasses is known for its versatility, and the form of the lenses usually suits most face shapes.
- Square: Square-framed sunglasses are perfect for adding balance to a narrow jawline. They are also great at giving a round face a hint of angles. Oversized square sunglasses have become increasingly popular for those wanting an edgy and incognito look.
Purchasing a new pair of sunglasses can be an exciting but complicated process. If you don’t pick the right pair, you could end up with a style you hate and waste money. You shouldn’t worry too much, though, as we have listed below a few pointers you should keep in mind when you go sunglasses shopping.
If you look out for the below-mentioned points, you will likely end up with a pair of sunglasses that matches your personality and needs.
- Bigger frames are better: The bigger your sunglasses frame, the more coverage and protection you will receive from the sun. Additionally, bigger sunglasses can help balance your face or highlight the angles you have.
- Polarized lenses are ideal for cutting glare: Contrary to popular belief buying a pair of sunglasses with polarized lenses will not protect you better from the harmful effects of UV rays. However, a polarized lens will prevent the glare from reflective surfaces from hitting your eyes. This is incredibly handy for those who spend time outdoors and those who often drive in sunny conditions.
- Look for 100% UV protection: Although it may cost you more in the long run, buying a pair of 100% UV protection sunglasses will be highly beneficial to preserving your eyesight. Look out for a sticker, tag, or online description that stipulates that the sunglasses you are interested in are protective against 100% of UV rays.
In the past, sunglasses were not an essential fashion accessory, but that has changed with the many styles that have become available. Sunglasses are almost a fashion staple item in the modern world because they come in numerous different colors, textures, and materials. You can match a pair of sunglasses with any outfit including, beachwear, formal wear, casual wear, and sport wear.
The Best Golf Pants for Men Who Hit the Greens Regularly
Every guy who’s into golf knows that warmer weather and longer days make for great times on the green. Regardless of how much you know about golf, it’s no secret that clothing means a lot more when hitting the golf course than compared to most sports. Though stereotypical golf attire may come off as a bit too prep for some, there are several options that are nothing of the sort, and actually work in a player’s favor in terms of both function and fashion.
Seasoned golfers know that feeling good and playing good tend to go hand in hand, meaning a regular pair of jeans or athletic shorts just might not cut it when it comes to having a good game. Whether you’re brand new to the sport or a true and steadfast linksman, knowing your options when it comes to golf pants is imperative, hence why we’ve compiled a list of the 10 best golf pants for men who hit the greens regularly!
1. Nike Dri-FIT UV Golf Chino
Out of all the golf pants available, the Nike Dri-FIT UV Golf Chino pants take the cake as our overall best pick due to their fit and flair. These sweat-wicking, stretchy cotton and polyester pants are perfectly designed and comfy and will have you on the top of your game.
The Nike Dri-FIT UV Golf Chino’s are slightly tapered, giving them a more professional and formal look so that you can look just as good as you play. They also come in a decent array of colors, however, the “Healing Jade” color is probably our favorite. It’s both unique and eye-catching, making it the perfect pair of pants for putting on the green.
2. Peter Millar Durham Performance Trouser
Our premium choice for golf pants is hands down the Peter Millar Durham Performance Trouser. This bestselling pair of trousers boasts high-performance polyester woven twill fabric that’s both comfortable and full of quality. The fabric of these Peter Millar Durham trousers allows for maximum mobility, giving you the best range of motion for your swing.
In addition, they also feature quick-dry and moisture-wicking technology, ensuring you will remain cool and dry on the course. With a classic fit and flat-front design, you’re sure to love the way you look and feel in these premium pants.
3. Royal & Awesome Golf Pants
While gold attire does tend to fall on the pricier side of the spectrum, there are some great, money-conscious options available. For example, the Royal & Awesome Golf Pants from Amazon run between $52.49 – $80.90, making them our pick for best “bang for your buck.”
These golf pants also come in a very diverse arrangement of colors and patterns, making them a practical yet fun pick for a guy wanting to show off his style and protect his wallet. Being that these pants are mostly cotton with a touch of spandex, they are not as stretchy as some of the other options. However, if you’re looking for a solid pair of pants for some lighthearted play, these are sure to do the job (in style).
4. Under Armour Golf Rain Pants
If you’re the kind of golfer who sticks out 18-holes no matter if it’s rain, hail, or shine, then the Under Armour Golf Rain Pants are a must-have for your closet. These UA golf pants are 100% waterproof and breathable, and they even feature windproof construction in order to truly keep sheltered from the elements.
In addition to repelling water and keeping you dry, the pants are also lined with super-soft brushed fleece in order to maintain warmth and comfort. The fabric is 2.5-layer bonded for extra protection, yet the pants remain lightweight and out of the way. They only come in one color which is black, and while they do look a bit more on the casual side, it doesn’t get much better in terms of functionality.
5. Stateapparel Clubhouse Pants
If you’re a more serious player, then the Stateapparel Clubhouse Pants will certainly stick out to you. These lightweight golf pants were designed specifically with professional US Open golfers in mind, meaning they have everything from the four-way mechanical stretch for optimal mobility, to a special wiping element in the pockets for cleaning your clubs and hands without hassle.
While the Stateapparel Clubhouse Pants are durable in any climate or weather pattern, they thrive best in the heat, keeping the player cool and content while swinging a golf club in 80+ degree weather. These professional-grade pants are a quality bargain worth taking part in.
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6. Polo Ralph Lauren Mid-Rise Twill Slim-Leg Trousers
Ralph Lauren continues to impress with their versatile pair of Mid-Rise Slim-Leg Trousers. These golf pants are made out of 100% polyester, giving them a very thin yet roomy feel. While they work great for going out on the green, these black pocketed trousers can also be worn during the day for work or even during a casual night out.
They’re a bit more basic and plain than some other options, but this understated look is necessary for certain occasions, even in golf. Having a pair or two of these isn’t a bad idea for anyone needing a little more fluff in their golfing wardrobe.
7. Adidas Ultimate365 3-Stripes Tapered Pant
The Adidas Ultimate365 3-Stripes Tapered Pants are a bit more unconventional in terms of style and look, however, they are great for hitting the golf course. With a stretchy material that allows for unrestricted movement and fabric managing moisture, these tapered pants work great for either heat or humidity. They come in a few different colors, though their navy option tends to be the most popular.
The style is a bit unique, looking like a very even cross between a pair of athletic pants and work pants, meaning that if you do it properly, you have the option to either dress them up or down. The Adidas Ultimate365 3-Stripes Tapered Pants are also on the more affordable side, making them great for those paying hefty green fees.
8. Bonobos Highland Tour Golf Pants
Bonobos Highland Tour Golf Pants are a grade-A option all around. From style to quality to comfort, these golf pants really set the standard for what should be worn while playing this beloved sport. With more than eight different colors to choose from, the Highland Tour Golf Pants from Bonobos feature flex panels, shirt grippers, and even UPF protection, meaning they do a whole lot more than simply look good.
According to most of the reviews, these pants are also extremely comfortable, meaning they are also a great transitional pair of pants for those needing to rush around from the course to elsewhere without much time in between.
9. Puma Jackpot 5 Pocket Golf Pants
Another great value pair of golf pants comes from the athletic brand, Puma. The Puma Jackpot 5 Golf Pants have been named “the best pants we’ve ever made” by Puma themselves, meaning there must be something worthwhile to them.
These golf pants are available in some of the best color options, from orange to mint green, making a wonderful pair of pants to own in more than one color. With moisture-wicking technical fabric and a mesh stretch waistband, these pants go beyond style and check the boxes for support and practicality as well. These pants are also great for both work and golf, and Puma even makes shorts with the same exact color options and material for those really hot days.
10. Linksoul Chino Boardwalker Pant
If you’re looking to go green as you hit the green, then Linksoul’s Chino Boardwalker Pants are the perfect eco-friendly and sustainable item to add to your closet. Linksoul’d Boardwalkers are made mostly from recycled polyester found in discarded plastic water bottles.
These high-performance, four-way stretch pants are finished with a saltwater wash in order to bring added comfort and smoothness to their innovative design. Though the color options are a bit more neutral, having a couple of different pairs will make for a solid selection when you visit the range.
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Golf Pants FAQs
Investing in high-quality golf pants means giving yourself the highest level of comfort and function as you play a precise game. In addition, golf pants tend to last longer and be better suited for sudden weather changes, something that sometimes happens while in the middle of an 18-hole game.
The simple answer is, yes! While some men might prefer to keep their golf pants separate, most golf pants are extremely comfortable and nice looking, making them very tempting to wear on a daily basis. Plus, you won’t have to change before hitting the green after getting off work!
It is important to stick with golf pants that offer four-way stretch. These will offer you the greatest amount of flexibility and movement as you twist and swing. If possible, it’s also nice to have a pair that’s also waterproof, just in case you encounter poor weather during a long game.